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Washington State University

Scott Jess

Assistant Professor

WSU Pullman

Courses: SOE 320 “Sedimentary Petrology and Sedimentation”


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Ph.D. University of Aberdeen, Scotland
BSc. University of Glasgow, Scotland


Research Interests:

I study how the surface of the earth is shaped on modern and geological timescales. This involves unraveling the effects of numerous earth systems including tectonics, rivers, glaciers, climate, and volcanism. I use a wide range of analytical tools in my research including thermochronology, geochronology, geomorphological analysis, cosmogenic nuclides, and geochemistry. Additionally, I am interested in understanding the demographics of modern geoscience, aiming improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field. Ongoing research themes include:

    • Landscape evolution in extensional tectonic regimes
    • Sediment transport in glacial systems
    • Method development for detrital geochronology and thermochronology
    • The application of drones to geomorphological analysis
    • The evolution of the North American Cordillera

Publications (5 most recent):

Damant, K.A., Enkelmann, E. and Jess, S., 2023. Prolonged post-orogenic extension in the southeastern Canadian Cordillera: Miocene reactivation of the Columbia River Fault. Tectonophysics, 850, p.229763.

Johns-Buss, E.G., Beranek, L.P., Enkelmann, E., Jess, S. and Matthews, W., 2023. Exhumation history and Early Cretaceous paleogeography of the Newfoundland margin revealed by detrital zircon U–Pb and fission-track studies of syn-rift Hibernia Formation strata. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 148, p.106055.

Jess, S., Enkelmann, E. and Matthews, W., 2023. The Effect of Sediment Storage in Glaciated Catchments on Multimineral Detrital Geochronology: Deciphering Conflicting Zircon and Apatite U‐Pb Dates. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 128(1), p.e2022JF006738.

Peace, A.L. and Jess, S., 2022. Microdrones in field-based structural geology: a photogrammetry and fracture quantification case study from the North Mountain Basalt, Nova Scotia, Canada. Drone Systems and Applications, 11, pp.1-15.

Jess, S., Enkelmann, E. and Matthews, W.A., 2022. Why are the Appalachians high? New insights from detrital apatite laser ablation (U-Th-Sm)/He dating. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 597, p.117794.